Friday, June 5th marks World Environment Day (WED), a day that showcases positive action and advocacy for the health of our planet. The 2015 theme, mentioned above, highlights the fact that although we have one planet (with finite resources), we also have infinite ways in which we can promote sustained individual and environmental health.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) suggests a range of actions or activities (from growing your own food to choosing food with less packaging to encouraging policy makers to support sustainable agriculture) on its website. While these suggestions are important, it is the proposal to “consume food more responsibly” that struck a chord with us.
Why you might ask? Well, it’s the Nourse Farm Community Supported Agriculture members, Farm Store clientele and Pick-Your-Own participants who come to mind. With your concerted choice to support our farm and its operations, we all benefit. You participate in a short food chain...your food travels fewer miles to reach your plate, is therefore more nutritious and flavorful; less greenhouse gases are emitted in its distribution; and overall, our collective carbon footprint is significantly reduced.
When we make conscientious food choices, we have the potential to make a big impact on our lives and livelihoods. U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon summarizes this idea well: “Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global trends, when billions of people join forces in a common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference”. Nourse Farm would like to know how you consume with care this World Environment Day (and every day). Share your thoughts and ideas with us (and others) in the space below or with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eat well to be well...